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Margaret Forster (1938 - 2016)

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Margaret Forster (1938 - 2016)

Margaret Forster, an award-winning English author known best for her 1965 novel Georgy Girl, has died. She was 77.

Forster, one of Britain's most prolific novelists, died Monday morning of cancer at a London hospice. Her husband, the journalist and broadcaster Hunter Davies, announced the death.

Davies said his wife was a cancer survivor. The former teacher had a mastectomy 40 years ago and had been cancer-free until 10 years ago when it returned. Cancer affected her back and spine.

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Before starting her writing career, Forster taught at a girls' school in London.

Georgy Girl was made into a film that starred Lynn Redgrave as Georgy. Other stars in the movie were Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates and James Mason. The film featured the eponymous song recorded by the Seekers. The song was a hit, as was the film. The song reached No. 1 in Australia, where the Seekers were from, and No. 2 on Billboard's U.S. Hot 100 chart.

Her novels included Lady's Maid, Diary of an Ordinary Woman, Have the Men Had Enough? and The Memory Box. In all, she wrote more than two dozen works of fiction and about a dozen books covering biography, history and memoirs.

She won awards for her fiction and nonfiction, including the J.R. Ackerley Prize for her autobiography, Precious Lives.

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